When Shauna first told me about a tour of Cyndi Lauper, Blondie and Erasure coming to USANA Amphitheater, I was pretty stoked to see it. We had seen Erasure in May of 2005 when we first moved to Utah but the venue was so terrible that we didn't really get to enjoy it all that much. (Cram a few thousand people into a auditorium with poor ventilation and sit in the last row of the balcony. It was really that bad.) I heard an ad on the radio today that prompted me to find out more about the "True Colors" tour and I've decided that, sadly, I cannot go.
Why won't I go you might ask? Because the entire tour is a fund-raising event for the Human Rights Campaign, a vocal proponent of same-sex marriage, special protections for homosexuals and pushing homosexuality into school curricula. They're even going to be doling out Matthew Shepherd wristbands to concert goers. Not only does the HRC promote positions completely contrary to my moral stances, but they are highly antagonistic towards the LDS church for its endorsement of various marriage amendments.
I don't go to concerts to make a political or social statement. I want to pay my money to be entertained and have a good time. I don't want to be surrounded and bombarded with and by materials and groups that are hostile to a core piece of my identity, being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I don't want to be told what a horrible person I am because I believe homosexual conduct is immoral. I don't want to be called a bigot because I don't want my kids to grow up thinking that it's normal.
Take your special brand of hypocritical intolerance and political thuggery and keep it to yourselves. While I'm a political junkie, there are many places where I don't want to be surrounded by it. Especially concerts.